Schools Outreach

The department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion has an extensive outreach programme that aims to support the teaching of these subjects at GCSE, AS and A levels, as well as to encourage students to consider studying these subjects at university. We do this both through our long-standing interdisciplinary mindOUT Programme (see the link below) and also by means of events organised specifically by Politics, Philosophy and Religious Studies academics on themes from their subject areas.

PPR outreach activities and events for schools and teachers, include:

  • Study events for individual schools and colleges on their own premises, usually arranged through mindOUT.
  • Campus Visits: where we provide a sample lecture, a tour of the campus, and a question and answer session with an academic and current student about what it’s like to study at university
  • Campus Taster Days: a day devoted to a particular theme during which students in years 10-12 learn about, discuss and debate contemporary issues in Britain and in the world (recent taster days include: 'Should Religion Be Kept out of Politics?’, ‘Religion, Violence, and Security’, ‘Higher Education, Students and the State’)
  • Regional Taster Days: similar to our campus taster days, these days take place at schools in various regions across the UK, including London, Somerset, Leeds, and Kent (recent and upcoming regional taster days include: ‘Ethics Study Day on Climate Change’, ‘Religion and Violence / Religion and Peace’, Death and the Afterlife in Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism’)
  • Teachers’ Conferences: one or two-day conferences to support teachers with subject content and how to address recent changes in the GCSE and A level specifications (recent and upcoming Teachers’ Conference include: ‘Religious Studies Teachers’ Conference’, 'Teaching Islam within the new GCSE specifications’, Hinduism and Buddhism Teachers’ Conference’)

“The connection we have with Lancaster University as a result of the outreach programme has been beneficial both to students and staff of Haslingden High School.  We have brought Y11 students to experience what an RS degree at a top university might be like as a way of raising their aspirations and Sixth Form students have attended really interesting sessions with Linda Woodhead and Charles Clarke on religion and contemporary society, sessions directly relevant to their A Level courses but at the same time expanding their understanding of the subject.  The opportunity to attend their teacher's conference was an excellent chance to meet other teachers, but most importantly, it gave me the chance, albeit briefly, to immerse myself in the subject I love as a student again - it was hugely energizing.” 

Benjamin Wood, Subject Leader for Religious Studies, Haslingden School, Vice-Chair (Secondary), National Association of Teachers of RE (NATRE)

To book a Campus Visit or to find out more about any of our upcoming Taster Days or Conferences, please contact Katherine Young.